[ENGSUB] JUDO – SPIRIT OF ATHLETE – ONO SHOHEI – 柔道大野将平

[ENGSUB] JUDO – SPIRIT OF ATHLETE – ONO SHOHEI – 柔道大野将平

September 12, 2019 100 By William Hollis


On the end of April at Nippon Budokan, All Japan Judo Tournament were held. This tournament is an open-weight one, where all players from light-weight to over 100kg compete with each other for the title of Japan’s strongest Judo player. Look at these powerful heavyweight players gathering here. A remarkably lightweight player tries to contend for the title among them. His name is Shohei Ono. He is 25 years old and a 73kg class judo player. On August 2016 , at Rio 2016 summer games olympics This is ” the Beautiful Japan’s Judo” , which Ono always sticks to and wants to show us. He won by Ippon in 4 matches out of 5. He made it! He won the gold medal. As Japanese Men’s Judo, this gold medal is for the first time in 2 summer games olympics. He did climbed up to the top, but he never stops where he is and tries to move forward. His next objective is All Japan Judo Tournament, which is an open-weight tournament as mentioned before. I want to exceed my 73kg weight class which is relatively small. I want to see how far I can go at All Japan, open-weight. I want to try myself there. ”Grab tightly then throw. No run” He wants to beat big players for his straight forward Judo. Small Ono takes the risk of getting injured and tries to challenge the objective which people might think as reckless. Day after day, he takes a look at his own technique by himself. He trains his whole body to the limit. when I get tired, I want to show my spirit. We have covered him closely until All Japan Judo Tournament. He is the guy who trusts his own straight-forward Judo. “Whenever I fight fare and square” Shohei Ono – JUDO At Tenri, Nara Pref, Japan. February, 6 months have passed since Rio olympic. Shohei Ono, 25 years old Good morning Good morning Today is a heavy snow, isn’t it? He has already started training to his new objective after winning the gold medal. Here is his old school, Tenri University. Randori, free practice in judo. 7 minutes Randori, 10 sets. He does Randori intendedly with his junior in heavyweight class. It is not easy for small player to fight against big player with grabbing tightly with both hands. If big player leans his heavyweight to Ono directly, he may get injured. Ono, however, sticks to grab anyone tightly with both hands. This is his favorite technique, Osoto-gari. And here is another his favorite, Uchimata. “Grab tightly with both hands then throw the opponent” , which is the traditional way of Japan’s JUDO. Now he is challenging to the open-weight tournament with this traditional way. No one but Ono as gold medalist has a special thought behind his new objective. Ono did climb up to the top at Rio. Yeah!! In delightful moment, he was trying to find what to do next. Japanese people want him to win the gold medal in a row at 2020 Tokyo Olympic. He knows there is no improvement with keep doing the same as always. He came to the conclusion. The conclusion is to partcipate the open-weight tournament. He has chosen not to do that until Olympic game ends. From the point of view In 73kg class, well… I became a champion at this moment. Now I feel the existence inside of me, the one is not satisfied a bit. We have an old JUDO saying, “Ju yoku Go wo seisu, which means softness controls hardness. I think one of the best part of JUDO is to see small guy controls and throws big guys with his skills. Commonly big player can win. I want to challenge that difficulty. I want to oppose the common. That is the enough reason why I am Shohei Ono. At here, All Japan Judo Tournament, several weight class players including who won the regional tournament compete altogether in one open-weight division. Successive Champions are mostly from heavyweight class. Yasuhiro Yamashita , who won the championship for 9 times in a row from 1977 to 1985 Kosei Inoue , who won the championship for 3 times in a row from 2001 to 2003 we could see the player in lightweight once in several years. He is Jumpei Morishita , who was the champion in 66kg class of world championship Judo. Even the world champion in his weight class could be beaten by regional heavyweight player at ease. Toshihiko Koga, a gold medalist in 71kg at Barcelona Olympic. He fought with over 100kg players and advanced to the final at this tournament in 1990. He moved around well. He would not let them grab tightly. Once he grab, he tried to throw immediately. If failed, he move away immediately. Judge. White flag, Koga. He used his advantage very well as small player to fight against big players. 3 years ago, Ono fought in a different way at this tournament. He dared to fight in his own way as always , grab tightly with both hands and throw. He faced to heavyweight players with this way at this tournament. Uchimata Osoto-gari He has noticed he is not strong enough to fight against the heavy guys in this way. I ,of course, thought I could go further in a clever way. As a small player, I could use a so- called small players advantage or way of judo. But! That’s not it. I will do my own way of Judo. No run, fight straightforward with brave. If I did this, I might be able to see the things from the different point of view after this. at March in Osaka How could my techinques work for bigger players? Ono decided to train in the other gym for 2 days. Kenichi Uezumi, the coach at Tokai University says “Oh Hi. We are glad to train with you guys.” Ono says “Thank you for having us here.” Tokai Univ, is the college Judo Champion team. It is a great chance to train with lots of players who are not as usual. Randori starts. This player is the 2nd place in 100kg class at All Japan Junior Tournament The opponent is heavier in 3 weight classes, a university student in 100kg class. Ono wants to grab each other tightly. Oosoto-gari Ono did throw him in a moment. No one in Japan but Ono can fight well against big players with grabbing like this as a lightweight player. First, almost all players are thrown by Ono. They are surprised at the unexpected power of Ono’s technique. The heavier the player is, the harder Ono throw them. This player is 2nd place at Tokyo region and he will participate to All Japan Judo Tournament. Nearly 60kg gap in their body weight is held between these 2 players. Even Ono cannot throw him at ease. Even though, Ono dragged him around and throw him at last. This coach who raised many world judo champions was very impressed by Ono. It is very risky to grab with 2 hands and fight in front. It really is. We cannot do this without real strength. 5 mins Randori, 20 sets for 2 days. Ono did throw almost all players here and never been thrown by them. Nevertheless, Ono was not satisfied enough. You did train well enough, didn’t you? No no. I have never trained well enough. If I am not tired, I want to train with much bigger players though. OK. I’d better get going. Here’s the cover that shows Ono fight in fair and square whenever he do judo. This cover is the magazine in France Who is the guy thrown by Ono? Teddy Riner, 2 times in a row Olympic gold medalist in +100kg class. His height is 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
and his weight is 140 kg (310 lb) Everytime Ono participates in Judo Camp, he always tries to fight with Riner, who is twice as heavy, to see if his techniques are worked or not. I was thrown by Ono cos his technique is absolutely wonderful. hahaha. The tremendousness and the beaty among his technique express JUDO itself. I love to see his JUDO very much. Why can Ono in 77kg class throw bigger players? We are closing in on the secret behind that. First, we are going to check out his muscles. This reminds me of Super Saiyan in Dragon Ball. Now we are checking his body fat and lean body mass with this special equipment. OK done with measuring, so pls come out. Just a second till we get the result. The result says your body fat is 4.5%. Is this same as always? I don’t know exactly. I thought my body fat is around 10%. Oh really? This time with this equipment, your body fat is 4.5% and lean body mass is 75.144kg. Nevertheless he is not at the period of losing weight at this moment, his body fat is as same as the top body builder’s one. We measured the thickness of muscles one by one to see which muscles are developed well. Your muscle is developed very well. I can see the pump. Yes pumped By the result, even though he is not big, his muscles are developed to the limit of his body frame. Takanori Ishii, Prof. in Ryoutokuji Univ. says His class is 77kg class but he has as same muscle amounts as 81 to 90 kg class player have. His whole body muscles are big. Moreover, the parts of muscles for using his techniques at judo are especially developed. Red parts are the places where are more developed than the muscles of same weight class players. Erector spinae muscles, which works for standing straight at the grappling with each other. The right Abdominal external oblique muscles And right hamstring These three parts are the key muscles of Ono’s Judo. The right Abdominal external oblique muscles are used when Ono tries to stay still or control the opponent in a grappling postion. The right hamstring is for the kick of Uchimata or Osoto-gari to jump them up or turn them down. To win Judo in limited weight, technique, style and strength must be balanced at the high level. I think his body is balanced well to the limit. And further measurement shows us that Ono has his original skills to compete with big guys. Capturing the markers on Ono’s body, we can see the directions of techniques and the change of speed. We focused on the momentums of his rotating. We did analyze how fast the both of Ono and the partner who is thrown rotates. Ono spins his body very widely with his leg raised before starting Uchimata. Once Ono throws by Uchimata, the partner is thrown rapidly with a big circular motion. These graphs indicates the momentums. Blue is for Ono, Red is for the partner thrown. Ono is swinging his left leg widely to rotate and Blue line is going up. We can see the momentum is raised. As soon as Ono throw, the partner’s Red line is rising suddenly. This tells us that the huge momentum of Ono was transmitted to the partner’s body in a second and the partner was thrown at an incredible rate. In comparison to a top ranked judo player in 81kg class which one class heavier, There is a remarkable difference between them. That is the Red line which indicates the momentum of body thrown. Ono is in one class lighter, but he can throw more explosively than the 88kg guy. First, he produces the momentum by rotating the body with swinging his left leg widely. Second, he transmits the momentum to the opponent with great precision. By doing these 2 complicating movements precisely, small Ono creates the explosive power. Prof. Ishii says” In real matches, Ono will try to make bigger momentum within his body and try to transmit it to the opponent. Considering this Ono’s momentum in lab, I definitely can tell that Ono can create extremely huge power in real matches and the opponents try no to be thrown but they can’t stand up. Literally, they are blown away.” Here are the trainings he does to maximize the power of techniques. At here, pedal harder. Harder, you can do it more!! Much harder! Good, you did it. He trains like these everyday. This is the reason why Ono can throw heavyweight players Ono started Judo at 7 years old. 2 years elder brother influenced him. Here is the man who taught Ono to fight fare and square. His name is Haruya Mochida. He is Ono’s former teacher in junior and senior high school. This brings back memories. Ono did learn and train at the boarding school, Kodogakusha, where 2 gold medalists Koga and Yoshida learn too. But first, Ono was a normal and disceet player. Well he was bit thin. That was what I thought. In fact, he was probably second or third to last when entering exam match. Osoto-gari is the first technique he taught to Ono. To do Osoto-gari, we need to grab the opponent tightly with both hands. Carelessly doing Osoto-gari, you never throw them or even they would have a chance to throw you back. So we must step forward without fear. Mochida told Ono again and again ” Step forward. Push forward. Do not think if opponent would throw you back or not.” He told me only one thing “Push forward intently. Once the opponent step back, throw him by Osoto-gari.” He kept saying to me again and again. I think the moment was my turning point of Judo. As Ono tried to throw big players by Osoto-gari again and again even though he was thrown back many times, his style ” grab well and throw” was established. He believes the way he trusts once. He never quit till it accomplished. He did not care how many times he was thrown back. He ain’t pessimistic. He did not think that this technique is not good for him. He got to the place where he believes ” OK, I will do the way. This is my style.” After entering Tenri Univ, he did not quit polishing the technique and kept the teaching of Mochida. When he was 4th year student in the university, he won the gold medal at World Judo tournament 2013. His style of Judo ” grab well and throw” was about to be completed. I have trained so many years till I could say this technique is my favorite one. I did create it by many trails and errors. Because of this, if there is a genius, of course I am not, even the genius never could make this happen in just one day. He or she might also need time to make one thing good enough. So I need more time. March, Osaka 2 months out from All Japan Judo Tournament He visited the person who he wanted to meet before. Here is a training camp for spring sumo wrestling tournament of Isegahama Sumo Gym. Good morning!! Good morning! His name is Harumafuji. He is from Mongolia and one of 4 Yokozuna, Grand Champions of Sumo wrestling. Sumo wrestling is open-weight martial art. Among the top-division wrestlers, he is one of the lightest wrestlers. He did climb to the top of Sumo wrestling world by fighting fare and square against bigger Sumo wrestlers. How did he reach the highest place? Ono realized Harumafuji has special movements which compensate his small body. I am very impressed by your speed of the initial charge. It is very different from other wrestlers. It was very very fast. Everyday I do train myself with checking my movement one by one. Ono asked Harumafuji ” What is the key when you fight with big guys?” As you know, there is an old saying in Judo ” Shin, Gi, Tai, or Mind, Skill and Body” We do have the same in Sumo ” Mind, Skill and Body” I also think Mind is the first key. There are many injuries all over my body right now. but I can keep wrestling with everyone’s supports. It makes me strong. Truly now I am supported by so many people. Mind exceeds Skill and Body. That is the answer of Harumafuji. I am trying to be strong at heart or mind. So I never think that I am light. This is all. Mind is the key. Mind compensates Skill and Body. If I believe I have power enough to beat other, I have already for sure. To challenge with Mind makes me stronger than bigger players. Thank you very much for having me. Ono made up his mind. OK see you again. see you again. “Pleasures of Judo to the people around the world” at the bottom of Feb, in Dusseldorf ,Germany Ono teachs at his Judo class in oversea for the first time. As a coach, he teaches at various places. I love it very much. I really like today’s training. It will be a great success that Kids in Germany want to do Judo again. April at Tenri, Nara- Pref. 2 weeks out from the tournament Ono has kept practicing to grab well and throw big players at Tenri University. He could not throw them at ease this day. His juniors are going to know the timing of Ono’s throwing while everyday Randori training. He, Kosei Inoue, the head coach of Japan’s National Judo team, came to inspect here. After the training, Ono told Inoue the frustrating feelings inside. Now I cannot throw at all. You did great enough, I think. You will change completely when you are in real matches. I am struggling cos my juniors knows my techniques and the timing. Because he wants to do judo in his style, that reveals his techniques as well. Even Ono can’t throw big opponents easily who have already known Ono’s techniques well. He faced to the hard reality of small player. Inoue says ” I admit that small player is hard to fight in open-weight match.” He has the mind or soul to dare to challenge to the open-weight tournament. I think the mind will keep on making Ono stronger and stronger. He never fear defeats. He sticks to his belief. He made up his mind. He never lose his way. All players are superior to me in this tournament. It is significant to do my Judo to heavyweight players. April 29th , All Japan Judo Tournament Many fans want to see Ono. In Judo we have a saying “small can control big by sklls.” so we are excited to see Ono. I am a judo player but still weak. I want to see Ono’s Judo and I want to learn from that to be strong. Ono is here at stadium now. He now checks the feeling of tatami mat. 3 years have passed since the last tournament he joined. Former teacher Mochida comes to encourage him. I am surprised at seeing so many people. All people came to see no one but you. No no no I will do my best. There are 43 players at this tournament. The average of weight is 109kg Ono is the smallest and lightest player among them. The first match has begun. Ikeda in 100kg class and Matsumura, 142kg high school student fight here. Ono will fight the one who win this match. The winner is Ikeda. He did great job to 40kg heavier player. Ono does not take any measures and does his own Judo. Here’s the first match for Ono. The 2nd match Ono vs Ikeda Ono offends agressively from the start. Grab tightly! Uchimata!! Uchimata! Oh! Ono is pushing forward very much. Osoto-gari And Seoi Nage. He keeps throwing but fails. Ikeda is now cautious about Ono’s Throw. He tries to break Ono’s left hand grab thoroughly. He avoids fighting fare and square. We have some experiences to train together. so I know he took measures. I cannot make him throw completely. 5 mins match is over with no point of throw. The match is going into extra time. Ono kept attacking the 20kg heavier opponent. Gradually, he is getting tired. He is pushed back often at this moment. And yet he sticks to his belief. I tried to grab precisely and throw precisely without any tricks. Simply he pushes forward. He tries to fight in front. Ippon 9 mins 54 seconds He was defeated by Ippon at last. Everyone applauses for the longest exciting match of today. Ono’s challenge for 3 months is now over. He is off to Mochida immediately after the match. Now honestly I am wondering which is better, I do anything to win or stick to my style. You did great without playing cheap tricks. Cheap tricks might bring you a victory but I think you will be in trouble at next match cos you do not overcome the difficulties at all. Yes, I keep on going forward to the next. I am frustrated though. We can start together again. We have time. Either do I. I love to do. Let’s do over and over again. We want to see what happens after experiencing that. Mochida praised what Ono did, which is to fight fare and square as same as before. No matter how hard and painful, he never run away from them. After becoming Olympic champion, I am very proud of him with no fear but courage to be defeated. He has confidence again through losing the match. being ready for losing is very tough option for me, but I did not run away from the difficulties. I think I pushed forward well to do offensive Judo in this match. I kept doing my own JUDO through the match without my heart break off. I can learn from the today’s loss. This loss could become tomorrow’s win. I keep doing my best toward the 2020 Olymic. You want to come back to this tournament again? People might think I am fool if I am here again. I know that really well indeed, but I definitely come back and want to fight again at here. I want to see everyone here excited to show them my own style of JUDO. Thank you for showing us your judo. Thank you. Ono is looking ahead to the future. That is to be a champion in a row at 2020 Tokyo Olympic. And more, That is to make another try to All Japan Judo Tournament. Shohei Ono sticks to fight fare and square. “Whenever I fight fare and square” Shohei Ono – JUDO